University of Yale Becomes Smoke-free Next Year
In 2016, the University of Yale in Connecticut would ban smoking in its campus and would join other four smoke-free universities in the state who adopted similar policy. Totally in the state of Connecticut there are 26 universities.
University President Peter Salovey told he sent an e-mail to the Yale community with the information that in the next year the University becomes smoke-free. However, the community remain puzzled because issues about race and disrimination are not solved yet. Earlier these two issues were sent to administration for consideration. On the day when the e-mail with smoke-free policy announcement was sent, on campus there took place protests regarding race and discrimination.
Peter Salovey sais it would be nice to adopt smoke-free ordinance as soon as possible in order to protect health of university staff, students and visitors. Schools of Public Health and Medicine are first who were talking about the need to ban cigarettes use on the Yale campus. In 2016 they will be occupied with smoking cessation support programs and awarness events.
The Department of Human Resources and Administration said that the smoke-free policy would be beneficial for the entire Yale community, including smokers, because the initiative may inspire most of them to quit.
Generally students welcome the idea of smoking ban on campus, but wait the consideration of such important issues as race and discrimination as recently two umpleasant stories occured. They want Yale to become not only smoke-free but also racism-free. In their turn, public health activists welcome the initiative saying that it would contribute to improvement of well-being of the University community.
American Lung Association for Connecticut also welcome smoke-free policy at Yale. They said that it will help not only eliminate secondhand smoke exposures but also prevent students from taking up the habit. Figires show that among youth highest smoking rates are reported among those aged 18-25. Data shows that in 2014 there were nearly 13 hight school smokers in Connecticut.
Marc Potenza, director of the Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, expressed an opinion that the Tobacco-Free Yale campaign would make an important change towards University’s attitudes toward tobacco.